My feelingÂ is that SXSW was very good to Earles and Jensen Present: Just Farr A Laugh Vol. 1 & 2.Â It was also fun (I wasnâ€™t expecting it to be THAT fun),Â there were good times withÂ some previously internet-only writerly colleagues/friends, plus friends/associates in general,Â and a band or two hit the spot (Clockcleaner, for one).
Hereâ€™s an Austin Chronicle writer that failed to getÂ the point of the panel. As my friend and panel moderator Bob Mehr assumed, â€œShe was clearly insulted by my suggestion thatÂ a certain segment ofÂ indie rock fans had a less than stellar sense of humor. Then she goes out and proves my point by completely missing the fact that Zach was BEING FUNNY, and notÂ really bored or fidgety.Â She apparently came expecting David to do a 90-minute stand-up set. Oh well.â€
There were at least 150 people in attendance. Iâ€™m happy with that, especially considering the time (12:30 Fridayâ€¦.after everyone had been out drinking the night before) and the other panels/interviews that were simultaneously underway. I got some cracks in, and David Cross gave JFAL a major prop (â€Iâ€™ve been burning and giving out Just Farr A Laugh to friends over the past four yearsâ€ or something like that), as well as Tony Kiewel stating that JFAL was the favorite comedy album at the Sub Pop offices.
â€¦not sure how any of you will see it, but I will soon have a DVD of the panel discussion.
Saturday was St. Pattyâ€™s Day, turning the streets ofÂ Austin into a combination ofÂ stripper-obsessed date rapists in giant, green foam hats andÂ what looked like an airlift and dump of Williamsburgâ€™s Bedford Avenue.
In contrast,Â Sunday afternoon looked like a post-attack scene from The Day After. Â Â
Upon registering Thursday evening, I got the SXSW â€œBig Bag.â€ The contents are as follows:
Issues of Singer & Musician, Performing Songwriter, Blender, AP, Paste, The Filter Good Music Guide, Fresh Breath of Mint, !*@# Exclaim!, Utne Reader, Relix, The Austin Chronicle, and TimeOut Austin.
(So, on the drive home through festering concrete boils like Temple, TX and Forest City, AR, I got to read some rags that Iâ€™ll never read againâ€¦.and two that Iâ€™ve written for.)
Lots of flyers, handbills, promotional notepads, party invites, a plastic container claiming to contain a â€œhangover survival kit,â€ and two condoms.
CDâ€™s: SXSW CD Sampler that came with a fake voodoo doll attached, Kemado Records sampler, Canon Records sampler, SXSW â€œUK Invasionâ€ sampler, Japan Nite sampler, 10 Spot sampler, and the new CDâ€™s by Ani DiFranco and Public Enemy. The latter of which had a $6.99 Best Buy sticker still attached.